cornflake dreams.: July 2013

7.31.2013

shop crush: poketo.

i love poketo's concept: art for your everyday. it's simple and sweet. the shop has a wide variety of textiles, wallets, apparel, accessories and stationary. i love the tea towels (shocker!), bags and adorable gifts for kids
xo, 
jillian

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7.30.2013

seattle sights.

Seattle is such a gorgeous city, I loved exploring different neighborhoods (Capitol Hill and Belltown were my favorites). There are so many great things to do and see in the city. If you visit, don't miss these spots:
We walked to Kerry Park on our first night (I won't lie, it was exhausting...Seattle is HILLY) but the ammmmazing view was totally worth it. If you're planning a visit, consider traveling in July. The weather was GORGEOUS during our trip - blue skies, warm and sunny everyday.

I know it's touristy but I really love Pike Place Market. we visited early in the morning, just as the shops opened (on a weekday) and it wasn't very crowded. it was the perfect time to take it all in, without being run over by other visitors. I love the concept of a year-round city farmer's market and I've never been to one this large and historic. We visited the market a few times during our trip and it was fun to see it come alive with tourists and vendors (and yes, guys throwing fish!) We also spotted the nearby, "original" Starbucks but opted not to wait in the long line. 
Another fun spot is the market theater gum wall. It's a local landmark and it sort of reminds me of the Paris love-locks...but a little tackier!
xo, 
Jillian

7.29.2013

minted giveaway!

full disclosure: i have received a set of complimentary thank you cards to review in conjunction with this collaborative giveaway - however, all thoughts + comments about minted products are my own.

i have a special treat from one of my favorite shops! Minted has an beautiful collection of unique art prints, custom wedding invitations, thank you cards, stationary and party supplies. they are generously offering one lucky winner a $75 gift card!



please enter here - best of luck! 


what's your favorite minted product?
xo, 
jillian


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good things - BlogHer 13 recap.

this weekend was a whirlwind of crazy, fun, good things. i decided last wednesday to attend the BlogHer 13 conference in Chicago on friday and saturday. i have blogging for almost 3 years (whoa time flies!) but this was the first large blogger conference i have attended and it was ahhhhmazing

i went to the conference by myself and although i wish i gave myself more time to mentally prepare (pick out what break-out sessions i wanted to attend, research what other bloggers were attending and think about what i really wanted to learn)... i had no choice but to just jump in, since i registered late. i stepped outside of my comfort zone, brought along some blogging business cards and met a TON of other bloggers and company reps who were super friendly. it was very inspiring to be surrounded by so many other enthusiastic and talented women. i am excited about the future of cornflake dreams and i motivated to make the time to be a better blogger.




conference highlights: 
-the friday keynote speaker: the pioneer woman! ree drummond was incredibly genuine and down-to-earth. she is a great business-woman and was so humble when describing her accomplishments (a great lesson to remember). 
-the break-out sessions: the Media Kit session was the most informative and practical session i attended, it was fascinating for me to hear from another marketing professional about how to present your blog + brand. you can read the session transcripts on the BlogHer website
-the expo hall: omg. there was food + goodies everywhere. i had more pillsbury funfetti donuts at the folgers lounge than i'd care to admit... and i also got the chance to connect with some great companies and i look forward to working with them in the future. 

conference tips (for newbies like me): 
-DON'T bring your laptop. a pen + paper are sufficient and MUCH lighter than lugging around your laptop + spare cord + laptop bag + all of your expo goodies...
-BE SELECTIVE at the EXPO hall...remember you have to carry that stuff around the WHOLE day. day one i came home exhausted with two EXPO bags filled to the brim + my laptop bag (+ a sore neck and shoulders...) i got some great products but i should have ditched that laptop bag!
-BRING blogger business cards!!! thankfully i had business cards leftover from a previous event, it's much easier to exchange information with contacts when you have a business card (and it's fun to see how bloggers and business design their cards!) remember to include your blog name, email and all of your social media contact info.
-HAVE FUN and TALK to EVERYONE - conferences can be tiring but take advantage of the unique face-to-face opportunity to meet and talk to other bloggers! 


have you attended a blogger conference? which one?! 
did you like it? do you have any other conference tips?


xo, 
jillian

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but you WILL be informed when i have sponsored or review posts in the future. yah! 

7.26.2013

friday's fancies #121.

happy friday!! it's been a fun week! on wednesday h and i went to the jungle book at the goodman theater for my birthday. it was SO much fun! the indian-inspired floral jungle sets were gorgeous and the jazz and Indian music made me smile :) 
i am attending the BlogHer '13 Conference in Chicago today and tomorrow! i can't wait to learn new blogger tips and tricks and meet other bloggers. (follow along on instagram @cornflakedreams for conference pics). after the conference, i am going dress shopping with my sister-in-law on sunday! i can't wait to see what she picks out for her bahama beach wedding next year.


anthropologie slim striped linen pullover $30 (now on sale) - gap ultra skinny pants $55 - sam edelman gia black boa sandals $65 - maharaja fringe strand necklace $42

have a great weekend!
xo,
jillian


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7.25.2013

pacific northwest: must eats.

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone...but one of my favorite things about traveling is the FOOD! The Pacific Northwest did not disappoint and we had a lot of great meals (and treats) last week! here's my favorites:
SEATTLE EATS:
-Bacon jam burger with arugula and blue cheese - Skillet Diner - (they have a food truck + counter too!) the famous food truck was featured on the Cooking Channel's "Eat Street" and the food was just as good as it looked on t.v. 
-French toast with tons of fresh berries from the breakfast bar - Portage Bay Cafe - i got the kids size and the serving was still huge.
-Blueberry crumb cupcake with brown sugar cream cheese icing + malt ice cream - Cupcake Royale - this is my new favorite combo!
-The gooch: hot sliced tri-tip beef, red onions, sharp cheddar cheese, horseradish mayo and a side of au jus on a demi baguette at Honey Hole - h's brother recommended this place, the sandwiches were huge and full of flavor. 
-Hot, fresh mini-donuts - Daily Dozen Donuts at Pike Place Market. confession: we split a dozen! but they were minis! I really like the chocolate sprinkle + cinnamon sugar toppings.
-Peanut butter chocolate oat cookie - Macrina bakery 


PORTLAND EATS:
-Capt'n crunch donut - Voodoo Donuts my all-time favorite...beware of the sugar coma)
-h and I shared the spaghetti with braised pork, plum tomato, thyme and parmesan AND the herbed risotto with basil pesto, flava beans, roasted garlic - Clarklewis - the modern-american restaurant is located in a hip industrial area and I loved the open kitchen and lively atmosphere. 
-Ice cream - Salt & Straw - this was another place featured on The Food Network - they have tons of unique flavors like strawberry with cilantro lime cheesecake but I ordered the birthday cake and blackberries (SO refreshing) and i tried the salted caramel (crazy good).

Are you hungry yet?! 
xo,
Jillian

7.24.2013

seattle must see: chihuly garden and glass.

When we arrived in Seattle we walked around everywhere...first to Capital Hill for lunch at Skillet (more on trip eats later this week) then up a huge hill to Kerry Park for a stunning view of the city. We decided to end our first night of the trip with a visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. It's located by Seattle's famous Space Needle and it was well-worth the admission fee. h doesn't like to spend a lot of time indoors on vacations, so museums are a rare treat for me. Thankfully, after five minutes in the exhibit h was blown away by all of the beautiful glass sculptures and he got some great photos with his paparazzi camera.
Northwest Room - Chihuly was inspired by Northwest coast native american baskets, blankets and photography and created glass baskets, cylinders and soft cylinders. There was lots of vibrant blue glass in the Sealife Room.Persian Ceiling -- this was my favorite room, all of the colors were so bright and vibrant!Mille Fiori - Italian for “a thousand flowers” fitting for the huge garden of glass.Ikebana and Float Boat - I loved the reflection of the boats!Drawing Wall + Chandeliers -it was fascinating to see the drawings paired with the glass chandeliers.


Glass House + Garden - there is a small garden adjacent to the exhibit hall with lots of bright glass sculptures in nature.

Are you a Chihuly fan?!
xo, 
Jillian

7.22.2013

good things!

We're back!! I had a wonderful time in Seattle + Portland and I am sad our trip is over. I'll admit i am exhausted, the jet lag has has hit me pretty hard and we walked almost 60 miles last week (h brought his pedometer!) a full recap of our trip will be up later this week...in the meantime, here are a few sneak peek photos:  
Seattle's gorgeous downtown waterfront
 Art installation at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park 
Pretty succulents grow everywhere in the Pacific Northwest!
h's favorite sign :) It's even more fun at night

Stay tuned for more! 
xo, 
jillian

7.19.2013

guest friday's fancies: long distance loving.

Happy Friday, everyone! It's {av} from {long distance loving} here :) I'm always happy to fill in for Friday's Fancies while Jillian is galavanting somewhere fabulous! I crafted a perfect summer travel outfit to help beat the heat...in some fierce shades of red and yellow, of course. Take a peek!


Topshop Strappy V-Neck Cami in Fluro Yellow {$36} // J.Crew Denim Shorts in Patina Wash {$79.50}
Topshop Small Cat Eye Sunglasses {$28} // BaubleBar Ivory Ombré Chain Strands Necklace {$26}
Tignanello East West Leather Convertible Crossbody in Poppy {$85.99 + 20% off with SAVE through 7.21}
LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Alexa Sandals in Platino/Eggshell {$47.99}

Be sure to hop over to {long distance loving} to check out the other summer-centric outfits for
this week's Friday's Fancies! Have so much fun, Jillian--soak in some west coast sunshine for me!
I hope you all have a great weekend :) xoxo {av} | {long distance loving}

psst: there are a few days left to enter the shabby apple dress giveaway!

7.17.2013

guest post: dancing branflakes.

A summer spent outdoors is a good summer. Walt Whitman put it perfectly when he said, "Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."





Are you embracing a summer outdoors?

xo, tiffany of dancing branflakes

psst: don't forget to enter the shabby apple dress giveaway!

7.16.2013

guest post: coach house pictures.


Hi everyone, this is Liz dropping by today from Coach House Pictures. First I'd like to send a shout out to the cutest couple Jillian & H and wish them a happy wedding anniversary and hope they are enjoying there trip to Seattle this week! 

Today I wanted to share with you a great way to add a small personal touch to your wedding invitations, by adding a liner.  I recently got married (less than 3 weeks ago) and we used this idea to give our envelopes a fresh pop of color while also staying within our DIY friendly budget. It's really a simple and fun way to add a little more personality to your invitations and also gets your envelopes a little more weight and heft to them. Plus its a fun way for you and your hunny to create something together. So gather your materials, pour yourselves a glass of wine and hit the play button on your favorite Pandora station and follow these simple steps to help you tie together your wedding invitation suite!

Materials:
* Envelopes 
* Roll of wrapping paper/ sheets of decorative paper to match your invitations
* Scissors

STEP 1: Find the envelope template in your kit that matches your envelope size. We used a standard size of A7 envelopes. Being by tracing your template on your 
paper. To avoid cutting so much we lined up the edges of one side of the template so we would only have to cut that side once, instead of twice. Trace a few more than you need in case you make a mistake later.
STEP 2 & 3 : Once your liners have been cut out, slip one into your envelope just below the adhesive edge of the envelope as shown in step 3. 
Once in place fold the envelope with the liner inside to create a crease in the liner (not shown).
STEP 4: Open your envelope and separate the liner from the envelope. With your tape runner run 2 strips of tape along the inside of the liner.

STEP 5: Close the envelope so that the liner and envelope adhere. 

STEP 6 & 7: Press the envelope on both sides making sure that the 2 papers stick to each other well. Open your envelope and viola! 

Your wedding invitations are well on there way to being as beautiful as your wedding will be! My husband and I tackled this DIY project in 2 nights and made 140 envelopes to go with our invitations. Enjoy this time together and happy DIYing :)

xo, liz from coach house pictures


psst: there's still time to enter the shabby apple dress giveaway!

7.15.2013

guest post: crimson kiss.

While Jillian + H are off to Seattle and Portland, I thought I'd share a little about my recent vacation to Savannah. Before we left, I read every chic city guide and knew every blogger-approved spot–but what no one told me was how to build a perfect day in Savannah. While wandering this stunning city was spectacular (and worth the blisters), this little insider's guide will make your adventure a little less hit-or-miss!

 Spend the morning on Broughton Street
For your caffeine fix, The Coffee Fox makes a fabulous cup of joe–or a café con leche, if that's more your speed. Just down the street are The Paris Market and the Savannah Bee Company, both fabulous shops full of little treasures to bring home. And if you work up an appetite window shopping, Papillote is the perfect place for a croque Monsieur or crab and mango tartine.

Stroll down Bull Street in the afternoon

Pop into shopSCAD as you explore Savannah's Spanish moss-covered parks, and when you've had enough of walking, share a bottle of rosé at The Public Kitchen off Chippewa Square. If you haven't read it already (and even if you have), pull out a copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and spend the afternoon under an oak tree in Forsyth Park.

Drinks, dinner and dessert
Have a cocktail at 22 Square (the mint julep was heavenly) before dinner reservations at The Olde Pink House–I'd love the recipes for their She Crab soup and shrimp & grits. As the sun sets, stroll along the river before sharing a banana split at Leopold's, or people-watch from a balcony room at The Marshall House. And get some rest, because I think scrambled eggs with grits at Tybee Island's Breakfast Club are in order for tomorrow!
xo, Lena of A Crimson Kiss

psst: there's still time to enter the shabby apple dress giveaway!

7.12.2013

friday's fancies #120.

happy friday -- the weekend is almost here! i'm excited to pack for our trip (the weather in the pacific northwest is suppose to be sunny!!) tonight we're going out for one of my best friend's birthdays, saturday h and i might go for a bike ride and get some hoosier mama pie to celebrate our one-year anniversary (we decided NOT to save/freeze the top of our wedding cake). and on sunday i am going to yet another barre class (bring on the burn ha!) 
dolce vita stefania dress $121 - jack rogers palm beach sandals $110 (does anyone own a pair of jack rogers? are they comfy? i'm considering investing in a pair)- initial necklace $26 - sunglasses $38 - lo & sons the catalina travel bag $120

have a great weekend and stop by next week for lots of great guest posts! 
pssst: follow along on instagram: @cornflakedreams to see lots of trip pics.

xo, 
jillian


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7.11.2013

wedding season.

summer means that it's wedding season!! i've only attended one wedding this summer but i have one more to go, so i thought it'd be a good idea to round-up some wedding gift ideas for my july houzz ideabook
[browse all of my houzz ideabooks]

xo, 
jillian 


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7.10.2013

wedding wednesday: our vows.

this time last year i was preparing for our wedding weekend, i can't believe it's already one year later! this weekend i'll probably watch our wedding video and reminisce (and i am sure i'll cry a few happy tears). i have only watched the video once (right after i got it a few months after the wedding) but my favorite part is our vows. i love that we had personalized words for each other and i have sweet memories of writing them with h on our patio...
[photo by dawn e roscoe
more photos: ceremony - first kiss - receptiondetails - flowers - honeymoon: paris & prague

h and i are leaving for our trip to seattle + portland next monday. i can't wait to celebrate our anniversary and h's brother's wedding! it will be wonderful to spend some quality time together and with family. (thank you again for all of your trip suggestions!) i have some wonderful guest bloggers lined up for next week, so be sure to stop by.

xo, 
jillian 

7.09.2013

shabby apple giveaway.

i am so excited to announce a special giveaway with shabby apple! the online boutique has a huge selection of unique vintage clothing, including the versatile my vow to you dress. it can be dressed up or down with fun jewelry (i love the genevieve necklace). one lucky reader will win the pretty plum short-sleeved dress:
one lucky winner will be announced on monday, july 22. good luck!
xo, 
jillian

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7.08.2013

good things.

there's nothing like a nice long weekend :) mine was full of bike rides and really good meals: a chicken and pesto sandwich at jerry's with friends, giordano's deep dish spinach, garlic and tomato pizza with family, homemade zucchini, artichoke and chicken pasta and an ice cream cone at navy pier. 
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we were able to watch fireworks from our living room (the neighborhood put on quite the show!) and we finally caught up with the latest season of mad men. i am curious to see how don draper recovers from this season! i ended the weekend with another barre class (it was really challenging again but i feel great!) 

xo, 
jillian

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7.05.2013

friday's fancies #119.

happy 4th of july!! i hope you are having a fun holiday weekend! i am thrilled to have the day off and i plan to run some errands (that's code for shopping), finish my june book club book (whoops) and cook something special for dinner :)

jcrew vintage cotton tank $15 - jcrew neon peach 3" chino shorts $35 - jcrew sunflower necklace $40 - jcrew marina mini-wedge espadrilles $98 (all JCREW sale extra 40% off with code STYLE40)

have a great weekend! 

xo, 
jillian


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7.03.2013

anthropolgie sale picks.

the long holiday weekend is right around the corner...i can't wait to relax, meet friends for lunch and do a little shopping. thankfully anthropologie is offering up 20% off their summer sale! i've rounded up my favorites::

have a safe and happy 4th of july!

xo, 
jillian

psst... even more holiday sales: 
get 20% off at asos with the promo code HAPPYFOURTH
30% off at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy with the promo code STARS30
25% off all sale at Bauble Bar with the promo code POPSICLE
50% off everything at Jcrew Factory (no code required)


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7.02.2013

h's cream cheese black bean salsa tacos.

h makes killer black bean tacos... they are a tasty way for me to incorporate healthy protein into my diet! they are packed with veggies and include almost all of my favorite simple salsa ingredients.  



start with:
1/4 bell pepper diced 
1/4 white or purple onion diced

sauté vegetables in a pan (spray with pam before adding veggies)

mix in and cook: 
2 - large cloves of garlic diced 
dice a large bunch of cilantro (we LOVE this stuff)
1 - medium tomato diced
1 - 16 oz. can of black beans (rinse before adding)
4 oz (1/2 can of small can) of whole kernel sweet corn
4 - tablespoons of lowfat cream cheese (this is basically the only "fattening" ingredient in the recipe, so add as much or as little as you'd like)
1/4 - cup of water

stir frequently until the the sauce thickens up, remove the top to let the water boil off. 

fill your taco (i like to heat my flour shells on a pan until they are crispy, no pam or oil required). top with cheese or shredded cabbage (i like to buy a bag of coleslaw mix: shredded cabbage and carrots and i use it dry like lettuce to add some crunch in wraps, sandwiches and on tacos). this recipe serves 1 hungry h and 1 jill or 4 when you serve with a side of rice.


do you have any new healthy recipes?

xo, 
jillian 


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